West Ham United want Divock Origi, according to one respected source. Not everything about the report adds up, however.
Strange source for this one but an ‘In the know’ at West Ham known as ExWHUemployee says the Hammers want Divock Origi.
It’s a source our sister site, Hammers News, trusts and the ITK does have a decent track record.
David Moyes apparently isn’t entirely sold on Origi but the Hammers could try and get a deal done in January. Their owners ‘really like him’, says the source, and tried to get him in the summer.
Moyes, though, put a stop to it.
So far, all makes sense. Not everything about this report adds up, however.
Do West Ham want Divock Origi?
The source goes on to say that West Ham could push for a cut-price January deal. That’s because Origi’s contract expires next summer.
Only, we don’t think it does. The Belgian signed a new deal back in 2019 but Liverpool only announced it as ‘long-term’.
We don’t actually know the end date for sure but it’s hard to believe they described a three-year deal as long-term. The Liverpool Echo have the expiry down as 2024, which sounds more reasonable.
It’s also hard to believe that Liverpool would allow Origi to enter the final year of his deal before selling him. Yes, they did it with Gini Wijnaldum but it was easy to see how the team could get millions of value on the pitch from the Dutchman in his last season.
That’s not the case with Origi, who barely features.
Not that we’re doubting interest from West Ham. Origi is a much better player than most think, with a very respectable record – he just doesn’t play. Other teams will look at him and see an undervalued talent with the potential for a long-term contract.
So while we question some parts of this report, the interest makes sense. Origi’s situation might be one to watch in 2022.